Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Coffee Duo

 I've been working on creating samples for my upcoming Cards and Coffee event, this coming Tuesday, and found some inspiration from Lyssa Zwolanek using my favorite "Painted with Love" DSP without it being Valentine related.  
I love the effect you get when using it with the Happy Birthday Thinlit.  You don't know what you're going to get because of all the splashes of colour.  Of course, using the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets have almost become a daily occurance now that I know how easy it makes things stick.   The Rhinestones were coloured with the Rich Razzleberry Blends.  One of the stamps from "Work of Art" was used to decorate the envelope.

I love this new Sale-a-bration bundle that came out recently.  It comes with the stamp set and the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions....embossing folder.    I will be using the above example for my Cards and Coffee since it won't involve fussy cutting, and it's quickly coloured using the Stampin' Blends.
Here is the basket fussy cut and a couple extra banners added to fill up space.

 Would you like to attend my Cards and Coffee event?  Drop the kids off at school and come to relax with a cup of coffee, make a couple of cards and socialize.
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Remember when you shop on-line you get to check out what's on the clearance rack, and your order gets delivered right to your door - and you get a thank you from me in the mail.  Everyone likes Happy Mail!

It's sunny and melting here today - so I better go chisel some ice.
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Lemons and More

I've been busy working on cards for my Condolences & Get Well Stack this Saturday.  The cost is $35 for 3 copies of 5 cards.  Two designs could be designated more masculine, and some of the designs have stamps available for both Get Well and Sympathy.  If you live in the Fort Saskatchewan area (Edmonton area) you are welcome to join us.

My Morning Stack is 9:00-12:00 and you can register HERE
The Afternoon Stack is 1:00-5:00 and you can register HERE

It was fun creating the top Lemon Basket card.  The new Blooming Basket Bundle, you can get FREE with a $120 order during Sale-a-bration, includes this wonderful Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions folder.  It makes a wonderfully deep impressions into the paper.

This design uses another Dynamic Textured Impressions folder to create the hexagons  I attached the piece of Crushed Curry paper to the Vanilla BEFORE putting them through the Big Shot.  That way the impressions are lined up perfectly.  I've also "redone" the tag design I used the other day.  Teeny Tiny Wishes has been pulled of the shelf and dusted off for this card because there are so many sentiments available in it.
This is another re-make of the card I made for my friend last week.  However, this time I took a chance, put the squares onto the paper first and stamped onto them with Lovely as a Tree.  It worked pretty well.  You might not see the ink very well in the depressed areas, but the carry over onto the next square still creates the look I wanted.  The Linen Thread has been attached differently; just make sure you have enough adhesive on the back to be able to arrange the threads the way you want them.

That's all for today, however, here are some

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Pink Trio

 I'm preparing for a "Condolences Card Stack" at the beginning of March which will include Get Well and Sympathy cards.  I pulled out the old (wood mount) Thoughts and Prayers and decided to let my stampers use all three colours for their bases because the trio-coloured flowers are the same for each front and co-ordinate with the different backings.   It's such a versatile set for this event, that they can make each card different without added effort.

I like how the sponged edges soften the look of the card by creating a less rigid edge.  Gotta love those sponge daubers!

Short and sweet for this morning - got work to do after volunteering this morning.

Have a great day,

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Something Old made New

I've been doing pretty well with sending at least three cards a week to various people for various reasons.  It's been a great way to go through my stash of cards I've created over the years and putting them to use.  However, sometimes they need a little, or a lot, of tweaking!

Today's card is tweaked from one I made about 3 years ago; for a challenge.  I have no idea what the challenge was now, maybe the banners, maybe the colours, maybe the word "Queen".  Anyway, we had this great paper that had signs of various places in New York.  Now, I have to be honest and say when I first made the card below, I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it.  Well, it got tweaked and has now gone into the mail.

I took the Queens piece off as carefully as I could and covered the little rips with the two layers of ribbon.  Then I took a new punch and a new stamp set and voila.  I actually like how the label looks with the plain cardstock coming off the edge of the greeting. 

So don't be afraid to take apart something you've previously made and give it a new vibe, or a new greeting.

Hope your day has been wonderful.
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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Brusho and Dragonflies

 I had a wonderfully relaxing afternoon yesterday with a stamper.  She created the 3 cards I had ready and I went a bit crazy with the Brusho and Dragonflies.  Seriously,  you can use Brusho as the basis of any clean and simple card.  I cased this card from Rose Coleman - Stamping with Rose - I think I spotted the card on Pinterest.  On Rose's card, she had a backing behind the dragonfly's wings, so the dragonfly was able to be popped up.  I also think she used ink and an aquapainter rather than Brusho.

All the supplies are listed at the bottom of the post - remember to use the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets.  Boy, do they make sticking these delicate thinlits easy!

Hope you have a stampy day
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Friday, February 23, 2018

CASED Thank You

When you are a Stampin'Up! demonstrator or hobbiest, we have tons of inspiration at our hands.  One is the Stampin' Success magazine that comes out quarterly.  It's full or inspiration for cards, projects, and business building.  I cased this card from an article titled "Make a Difference with a Card".  It wasn't so much about creating the card, but creating cards to send out to people to make a difference in their day.  And that could be any type of card.

This card struck me because of the pairing of Pool Party and Emerald Envy .... and the splash of Night of Navy.  I ended up making the card twice.  The first time round, pictured below, I used some retired washi tape because I didn't have any blue ribbon.  I also changed up the banner that the greeting was on.  Then, as I was putting away my supplies I spotted my Night of Navy Gingham ribbon and couldn't believe I had forgotten about it - because I love it.  So, I remade the card with ribbon.  The other difference in the cards is that I distressed the edge of the banner with a sponge dauber.
Using the Night of Navy Washi Tape
The sample from the Stampin' Success Magazine page 17

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You know how good it feels to get "Happy Mail" instead of flyers and bills.  Create a special card, and send it to someone to let them know you're thinking of them.
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

She is Awesome...

I used this card to celebrate one of my downline who promoted to a new level this month.  I guess I'm hoping she's received it in the mail by now so I can post this.

Truthfully, this card is based on a scrap piece of cardstock that I used, to get rid of the extra Embossing Paste after finishing a project.  If you have extra paste left over from something you've created, use the same mask to put it on the front of the envelope - or grab a mat and slap it on there.  DON'T WASTE THE PASTE - there are too many creative opportunities that may spring up from that little mat you create.

Like this - it's the perfect little brick wall for the marquee to be placed over.  I never spread the paste over an entire area.  I prefer to leave white space and uneven edges to add interest to the card.  I guess I'm thinking in terms of little pieces of art, but that's what our cards can turn into.
Anyway, it was good to ink up this stamp again, even though it has to be fussy cut. 

I hope you have an awesome day creating!
Thanks for dropping by,


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Pretty & Pink

I am NOT a pink person.  I never wear it....being a red head growing up when there were specific fashion "rules", and it is not the colour I reach for when creating cards or in my art.
HOWEVER, Stampin'Up! has me reaching it for it more often for two reasons: 1) the Painted with Love Specialty DSP and 2) the new Berry Burst In-Colour.
The nice thing about both of these cards today, is that if you absolutely HATE pink - you can create both of them just by changing up the DSP that's used and the ink.  Easy Peasy!

The card above is a remake of one I made years ago with a different "big flower".  I like the look of it coming off the edge of the paper.  The sizes of your DSP will depend on how big the greeting is that you want to use.  And I finally broke down and got the Tutti-frutti Adhesive-backed Sequins.
Lots of demonstrators have played around with this Sale-a-bration stamp set and done fantastic things.  It creates a clean and simple card if that's what you're going for.  I could add a bit of bling to this, or a ribbon (in Berry Burst!) just to punch it up a bit.  And, of course, a larger sentiment would fill in more of the white space.   One helpful "instruction" for creating this card is to put your sentiment on FIRST.  Then you get to say what you want to say and frame it with the flowers.

That's quick and easy for today.
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Monday, February 19, 2018

One Package - Many Cards

We all know that Pinterest and such are fantastic places to go and find ideas to help spark your imagination.  I mentioned yesterday that I cased a card and changed bits and pieces to make it my own.  Well, for today's post, the only thing I changed was the DSP that was used.  AND I used my Stamparatus to get my butterfly perfectly stamped each time.  It was wonderful!  We did this card at my team meeting at the beginning of this month so my team members could try the Stamparatus out.  
So - I've used the Naturally Eclectic DSP for each of these samples.  It just shows how you can take one package of paper, a package of card stock and end up with a whole whack of wonderful cards.
For this sample, I've used the same paper as above, only reversed it and flipped the layout.  We discovered with this landscape layout, you can add longer sentiments, because you have a bit more cardstock visible. The following cards show other pieces of DSP within the same package.  I chose Night of Navy for the Butterfly because that seemed to be the colour that appeared on most every sheet.
And here is the original set of cards that I was inspired by created by Lyssa Zwolanek

That's all for today, Thanks for dropping by,